In the Netherlands concerts are usually held inside, but every once in a while -when the weather is good- you can find those magical open air places with just the perfect music for the location. On the first of June -when the weather was exceptionally well- the good folks of Roots on the Road and Coco Maria held a concert outside. With a setting sun, great music and a beautiful location the scene for a super concert was set!
Originally the concert would have been held inside, but when it was certain we’d have good weather for a while the decision was soon made to hold the concert of the Hackensaw Boys at Coco Maria in Veenhuizen outside. With the help op Borger’s Vanslag the stage was quickly made and now a larger audience could enjoy the concert.
As hot summer nights go the start of June was a fantastic one. A sultry summer evening where the sun refused to set and it stayed light and lively for a long long time and where the music of the Hackensaw Boys fit just perfectly.
The Hackensaw Boys are wel known here in the north of the Netherlands and were once -back in 2004- dubbed the poll-winners for best concert of the season in Vera and have since then been regular guests to stages and festivals all over the Netherlands (and indeed the world). An American folk- and bluegrass band with a good feel for tradition, but also adding a spicy injection of rock’n’roll that keeps you on your toes (or at least on your feet).
The band played two sets to a well filled area and out in the open it felt and sounded fantastic. The mix of musicians with violin (or fiddle), guitar, bass and a home-made percussion instrument (of tin cans, bicycle bells and a hubcap and whatever else they could stick to the contraption) kept the audience swinging and with two sets made for a terrific evening.
My only request to Coco Maria is to next time NOT invite the hoard of mosquitoes, as they were a true plague, but for the rest it was about as good as it gets. Fantastic music on a gorgeous location. You can’t ask for much more!